I have been thinking a lot about plans this week. I briefly contemplated a dramatic change in plans. A friend advised me to pray. And then I remembered a great Bible verse, one that was so helpful in college when you wonder what you're going to be when you grow up (although I still wonder that now).
From The Message "I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I'll listen. When you come looking for me, you'll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I'll make sure you won't be disappointed."
From Today's NIV "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. "
From The New Living Translation "For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me."
In the realm of plans, I am leaving for vacation in Peru next week. The top site in Peru? Machu Picchu. Thankfully God has "plans for good and not for disaster." This week it's disasterous for tourists because of mudslides (and other delightful things, like washed out train tracks and price gouging) that come from the heaviest rains in 20 years. It may turn out that our plans will have to change and MP will wait for my next visit. One of the friend's I am traveling with is Peruvian and he has promised to be my friend for the next 30 years, so I think it's probable I'll go back.